TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017

Category: Astrology

Astrology Update, April 27th, 2017: Life of the Party

Today started with the Moon in Taurus trining Pluto in Capricorn in the wee hours of the morning, increasing our emotional perceptiveness and intensity.  Those of us still awake or just waking up at that hour were not likely to be interested in superficial experiences and may have found ourselves drawn into situations of complexity and power that called on us to have greater emotional awareness and feel very deeply.  Those of us still sleeping may have had unusually vivid and intricate dreams, well worth taking note of in waking hours for the secrets of our inner world that they could reveal.

The skies have been quiet since then until this afternoon’s sextile from the Moon in Taurus to Chiron in Pisces, creating a gentle harmony between our grounded emotions and the wisdom we gain from our limitations and injuries.  This afternoon is a good time to connect with those in whom we can be vulnerable and confide about the areas of life where we struggle, and if we are not feeling particularly in need of a sympathetic ear we may find ourselves in the position of the voice of experience helping to bolster the spirits of others in need.

Tonight the Moon sextiles Venus in Pisces, creating feelings of conviviality that gently steer us to gather with our friends and loved ones and enjoy the richness of our close connections.  We are likely to enjoy entertaining others in our homes tonight, as the Taurus Moon combines forces with this sign’s ruler to make us particularly house-proud now, delighting in the environments we create and sharing them with others.  This is a good time for love relationships, old and new, a time to mend relationships that have been under duress, as we can gently and lovingly communicate our feelings under this aspect and smooth over rough edges.

This aspect begins a very short void-of-course period lasting only a few minutes before the Moon enters Gemini and whatever festivities we are enjoying for the night get a boost of Gemini liveliness and charm.  Our emotions and instincts under a Gemini Moon are driven more by intellect than by sentimentality, and we are more curious, more inventive, and more communicative as a result.  Since Gemini is ruled by Mercury, quickness prevails during this transit and our moods and responses are likely to turn on a dime.  We become more impressionable under this Moon, and more free-spirited, seeking action and stimulation and thriving on change.  On the downside, our decisiveness is likely to be impaired during this time, as we want to know all the options and are keenly aware that there is always more to know, more to explore, and we are likely to resent being pinned down and expected to make a singular choice.  That said, our openness to new experiences now makes us more adventurous and fun-loving, and the Moon’s entry into this sign so soon after the Moon/Venus sextile could make for a very enjoyable night.

That said, late tonight the Moon in Gemini squares the North Node in Virgo, reminding us that not all is fun and games, and some of our adventures could lead us off the the path of our souls’ preferred mode of growth.  It’s all-too-easy to gloss over important details when we’re moving so fast, or to turn to hyperbole in place of truth.  We may find ourselves challenged to keep from losing ourselves in frivolity and superficiality, and would do well not to stray into manipulative territory in our interactions with others.  Being the life of the party is all well and good so long as we remain genuine.

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All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 26th, 2017: New Moon in Taurus

The New Moon in Taurus this morning sets the stage for a quiet and kindly day, a time for re-attuning ourselves to our own basic physical, material, and emotional needs.  The New Moon is a time to set our intentions for this lunar cycle, intentions which we grow between now and the Full Moon, when we release them into the world to be disseminated over the course of the next two weeks until the following New Moon.  This New Moon is a special one because it has no planetary aspects and only a loose trine to the North Node, as mentioned last night, so it is largely free of outside influences, and that loose trine is a benevolent connection to our soul’s path, adding to the sense that this New Moon can act as a good “reset” period in which we can set aside more complicated concerns and tend to ourselves first and foremost, a time in which what feels good to us is also what can help forward our karmic progress.  

Taurus deals with our needs in the material world, what gives us a sense of security and physical well-being, which in turn affects our emotional well-being via the Moon.  This is a good time for taking care of our health, our self-esteem, our homes, our gardens, and our bank accounts.  Since Taurus is a fixed earth sign it tends to be slow-moving and patient, understanding of the process of things, and with the Moon here it is very aware of seasons and cycles.  Under this influence we can take small steps that will slowly accumulate and eventually have lasting impact.  What we tend to now should be mindful of the long-term – the goals we set now are those which we should be comfortable living with both the process and outcome of for years to come.

Since Taurus is ruled by Venus, it is worthwhile to note where she is now, sweet and sensual in the sign of Pisces, and in a state of mutual reception with Jupiter retrograde in Libra – Venus is the ruler of Libra, and Jupiter is the classical ruler of Pisces, so while the mutual reception between them is not strong now due to the wide orb between them, still it is a gentle connection between the two Benefics of the zodiac that may aid in the fortunate outcome of our intentions during this lunar cycle.

After the exact New Moon this morning there is no further astrological activity for most of the day until the Moon in Taurus sextiles Neptune in Pisces tonight, adding to the sympathetic feeling of this New Moon.  Neptune can encourage us to put on our rose-coloured glasses, so it is not a time for precision thinking, but the sextile is a gently harmonious aspect that brings out the better qualities in both the Moon and Neptune, enhancing our feelings of spiritual connection and compassion, and helping us to be more loving to both ourselves and others while shedding old habits and ties that no longer serve us, rebuilding our foundations with patience and a touch of sweetness.  This is a time for healing, nurturing, and nourishing our hearts and bodies, and tending to our homes and the material needs that make us feel safe and secure, strengthening ourselves from the roots up.  Tonight we can re-imagine ourselves in ways that can be both emotionally fulfilling and deeply practical, and set ourselves on a path toward making that vision a lasting reality.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 25th, 2017: Bright Day, Restful Night

This morning got started in the wee hours with a challenging square from the Moon in Aries to Pluto retrograde in Capricorn, putting our emotions and instincts at odds with the hidden and transformational forces in our lives, and ratcheting up our obsessive tendencies and fears of losing control.  For those of us in the Western Hemisphere, this aspect most likely only troubled our dreams, but for those of us who were awake at that hour we may have found ourselves engaged in unexpected power struggles regarding our autonomy, particularly in relation to work or in dealing with the institutions in our lives, and those of us waking up early may have still experienced residual frustrations or impediments to our self-direction as a result of this aspect.  

The rest of the morning was fairly quiet until around midday when the Moon in Aries conjuncted Uranus in Aries, increasing feelings of restlessness as it amplified our desire to be free of restrictions.  Technology and nerves may have been impacted as Uranus has an electrifying quality that can fry circuits of both the organic and inorganic kind, especially for those of us with a strong kinesthetic sense and those of us with Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or personal planets in the third decanate of cardinal signs.  We may have received unexpected news or experienced disruptions to our usual routines, but also may have experienced breakthroughs resulting from the connection of our unconscious with Uranus’ intuitive genius.

That intuitive boost could have been carried forward into the afternoon as a result of the Moon’s next interaction, a conjunction with Mercury retrograde in Aries that put our thoughts and emotions on the same motivated page, working in unison toward our goals.  That said, having our thoughts subject to our moods may have impacted our decision-making ability, and we may have found ourselves highly distracted, with our thoughts and feelings changing rapidly, especially given the Aries tendency to chase everything new and shiny.  Still, we were much more likely to be vocal about our feelings during this time, so it could have been a good opportunity to give voice to our emotions that we might be hard-pressed to express otherwise.

Later this afternoon the Moon in Aries trined Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, bringing a bit more seriousness and discipline to our mood, allowing us to focus on practical matters and push through adversity to get things done.  After the expressiveness of the Moon conjuncting Mercury, the trine to Saturn may have brought on an abrupt about-face in terms of our willingness to share our emotions with others, not out of a desire to hide them per se, but rather out of a heightened sense of self-sufficiency.  Whatever eccentric or experimental tendencies we experienced under the earlier Moon/Uranus conjunction, this afternoon and early evening we are more inclined to stick to methods that are tried and true, and take a more conservative approach overall.  This is especially true since this aspect starts a void-of-course period that encourages us to stick to routine for several hours, unconsciously processing the lessons of the past few days’ lunar transit through Aries, and avoiding any new enterprises as we wrap up old business and tend to things that need fixing or refining.

Tonight the Moon enters Taurus, settling down a bit from the energetic fervor of Aries and taking on a more practical and comfortable tone.  Taurus is the fixed earth sign most concerned with how things get done on the material plane, desirous of fiscal and physical security and willing to go the distance to secure home and its comforts, but also recognizing the need for rest, relaxation, and enjoyment of the good life when the day is done.  Tonight we are likely to want to enjoy our creature comforts and sensory pleasures, as Venus rules Taurus after all, and Venus is currently transiting dreamy and sensual Pisces.  Our enjoyment of the arts is increased by this transit, and chances are that we won’t adhere to our diets as strictly, nor be in much of a hurry about whatever we want to do – Taurus likes to take its time and enjoy life, even when hard at work.

Late tonight the Moon in Taurus trines the North Node in Virgo, emphasizing our path toward growth and personal achievement in a gentle and supportive way, so that we instinctually focus on our souls’ desires and what we need to do to achieve them.  There is a pleasing sense of fatedness about this aspect, a sense of all being right with the world and our slow but steady progress in it, that sets the stage for tomorrow morning’s New Moon in Taurus, and the intentions we set for ourselves with it.  Since this aspect will still be loosely in orb at the time of the New Moon, and it’s the only lunar aspect that the Moon will make for the first half of the day, it will be a quietly supportive New Moon with a focus on the Taurean virtues of steady persistence, care of the body, and rest, so tonight is a perfect night to do just that – rest and relax, dreaming kindly intentions for our bodies and our practical needs for this upcoming lunar cycle.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 24th, 2017: Lasting Consequences

 

Today has been dominated by this morning’s trine from Mercury in Aries to Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, heightening the discipline of our minds and lending seriousness to our thoughts and communication.  This aspect will continue to lend us mental fortitude for the next couple of days, so now is a good time for financial planning, communications regarding legal matters, studying and any mental activity requiring concentration, as well as any careful and detailed work.  Now we are able to see both the forest and the trees, so this is a great time for writers and editors, especially in technical fields, although those working in a more creative capacity may find that side of their writing limited during this time, as we are thinking more conservatively under this aspect.  Mentor relationships are favored now as well, as we are more open to hearing advice from those who are more experienced than us, but otherwise we are likely to be less sociable than usual, more interested in practical dynamics and more likely to get straight to business than wasting time with social niceties.  Our persistence and problem-solving skills are both enhanced by this aspect, and the combination means that we will stick with even the most difficult tasks until they are done.

This aspect was followed this morning by a trine from the Moon in Aries to Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, aligning our key sources of unconscious wisdom to lend some receptive and immersive support to whatever serious pursuits the Mercury/Saturn trine had us paying attention to during the first half of the day.  We may have found both our independence and our focus especially heightened during this time, and most likely were unusually sure of what we wanted and just how we were going to achieve it.  Chances are that this kept us going full steam for much of the morning and possibly into the afternoon as well.

Tonight the Moon in Aries opposes Jupiter retrograde in Libra, amplifying our feelings of independence.  Though we are likely to feel good under this influence, and maybe even a bit boisterous despite the seriousness of the Mercury/Saturn trine, still the opposition between our feelings in a self-directed sign and our faith and beliefs in a sign concerned with relationships can heighten awareness of where we feel restricted by the demands of others.  We are likely to be generous with our time and energy if left to our own devices and truly interested in giving of ourselves to someone else, but we are likely to resist attempts to manipulate or coerce us into actions desired by others, and even if the Mercury/Saturn trine leads us to yield to persuasion out of a sense of responsibility, such action is likely to result in resentment and even anger that will not die down easily.  Now is a time when we are far more likely to question demands made on us in relationships and social situations, and we are more inclined to examine our beliefs surrounding such interactions under this influence.  Even if we are more likely to think about these matters in a disciplined and rational fashion due to the Mercury/Saturn influence, we are not likely to accept social structures blindly now, and the deep thought of the Mercury/Saturn trine combined with the heightened emotion of the Moon/Jupiter opposition makes it likely that whatever conclusions we come to tonight will have lasting consequences.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

Astrology Update, April 23rd, 2017: Emotional Bruising

 

This morning began with Mars in Gemini squaring the North Node, making this a day when our soul’s path is challenged by our ever-changing and curious energies.  We may find that today our ambition and drive is more exploratory than willing to dedicate itself to the details of whatever process will further our growth most.  We may find that the things we want to learn require more energy than we are able to expend right now, that the next steps in our progression will take more time than anticipated, and we have to find a way to come to a compromise between what we want and what we need.  Or we may start early with an abundance of energy and discover partway through that our plans were too ambitious, and we’ve exhausted ourselves before we can consider ourselves even close to done.  We may find ourselves bumping up against countless small frustrations and have to battle our own tempers to get through the day.  Whatever forms the challenges of this aspect take, this is the kind of testing that can strengthen our resolve and hone our skills in unanticipated ways, well worth working through despite any temporary pitfalls.

Toward midday the Moon in Pisces conjuncted Chiron in Pisces, increasing our emotional and instinctive responses to old wounds and sensitivities.  Our limitations may loom large in our feelings now, and we may feel a sense of inevitability and helplessness in the face of our own shortcomings.  We are likely to be instinctively drawn to situations or people who bring up these issues in us, but also have a greater capacity to work through these issues with the help of trusted friends and loved ones now.  Or we may find ourselves being the voice of wisdom and reassurance for others who are undergoing struggles that resonate with our own, as our weaknesses are revealed to be not merely personal but in fact universal.

Whatever encouragement we may gain from connecting with others over mutual hurts will be needed as we move into the afternoon, when the Moon in Pisces squares Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, and our emotions may turn colder, our fears loom larger, and our limitations seem more insurmountable.  This aspect can be deeply depressive, or simply restrictive, binding us to the demands of time and realism when we would much rather enjoy a kinder sense of connection with the Universe.  We may feel our mortality more now, or the troubles of the world at large, and now is a time when our more sympathetic feelings can turn against us, making it harder to endure the less charitable attitudes we may encounter from society, potentially leading to a deep sense of isolation during this time.

Thankfully, a short while later the Moon conjuncted Venus in Pisces, and the coldness and isolation had a chance to be relieved by the sweetness of sympathetic connection.  Our affections were gently stirred by this aspect, and we were likely to take refuge from Saturnine coldness in pleasurable fantasies and perhaps a bit of sensual indulgence.  Our love of beauty and art may have been stimulated during this time, our emotional yearnings seeking sensory reinforcement with spiritual overtones.  Of course, after enduring the heightened sense of our own frailty gripped in the hand of fate during the last two aspects, we may have been inclined to go a bit overboard with self-indulgence during this time, but it’s just as likely that we were happy to share that indulgence if given half a chance, unless the combined forces of the Moon/Chiron conjunction and Moon/Saturn square proved too much to bear in the company of others, in which case a little introverted self-care could hardly be begrudged.  Since this aspect began a void-of-course period lasting a few hours, this could be the perfect time to retreat into quiet contemplation of all that has happened during this Pisces transit, letting go of the hurts that can no longer instruct us while taking the necessary steps to soothe our hearts and reconnect with the more loving side of the Universe.

Tonight the Moon enters Aries, moving our feelings out of the soft and tender realm of Pisces into a bolder and more adventurous space.  The Moon in Aries starts the circle of the zodiac anew, taking the leap of faith off the cliff and into a heightened sense of wonder and possibility.  Our emotions and instincts are more passionate now, more demanding, more attuned to our own wants and needs and not shy about meeting them.  We are more emotionally aggressive, potentially more quarrelsome at times as well but unlikely to hold a grudge even if tempers do flare, as there is too much to see and do in the world to waste time on hard feelings.  Our moods may turn on a dime accordingly, and we are not likely to sustain any one feeling for long during this transit.

That sense of quickness and chasing after new experiences is heightened later tonight as the Moon in Aries sextiles its ruler Mars in Gemini, increasing our feelings of adventurousness with a questing and inquisitive energy that urges us to try everything.  We may experience a sense of recklessness and our attitudes are likely to be more devil-may-care.  Thankfully the sextile is a harmonious aspect, but there is still the potential to go a little overboard in our zeal as we seek out the situations and experiences that are the proving grounds for our fighting spirit.  Chances are that there will be more than a little sociable sparring going on tonight, as our egos jockey for position in whatever arena our hearts favor, but given the supportive nature of the sextile, it is more likely to be in fun than fighting in earnest, with little damage that can’t heal by morning.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I have posted the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis here, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.